How to deploy Parallels Desktop for Mac with a custom password to restrict user actions

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NOTE: Please make sure that the Parallels Desktop version is greater ot equal to 12.1.0. For more information about Parallels Desktop 12 updates summary please visit KB 123948.


In Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac you can specify a custom password to restrict the following user actions:

This functionality allows you to set a custom password and specify which user actions from the list above should require it. Once you apply these settings, even the local Mac administrator will not be able to perform these actions without specifying the password that you set.

To make sure that all Macs are protected with one custom password, add a corresponding parameter to the deployment configuration file (deploy.cfg).


NOTE: For the detailed instructions about deploying Parallels Desktop please refer to Parallels Desktop Business Edition Administrator's Guide (page 38).


  1. Download the Parallels Desktop Autodeploy package.
  2. Unarchive the downloaded file > Open the excracted directory > Right-click the Parallels Desktop Autodeploy.pkg > Show Package Contents.
  3. Navigate to the Parallels folder > open deploy.cfg with any text editor > locate the Security section and add desired parameters.

Security parameters

The following set of parameters allows you set a custom password and then specify whether this password is required to perform a corresponding action in Parallels Desktop.

current_password


The following set of parameters allows you to specify whether a local Mac administrator password is required to perform a corresponding action in Parallels Desktop. Please note that the parameters described above provide a higher level of security since they allow you to use a custom password.

    admin_password_to_create_vm

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